Road to Indy: Matthew Brabham clinches Pro Mazda title

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In Mazda Road to Indy news this weekend, 19-year-old Matthew Brabham of Andretti Autosport has clinched the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship after pulling off back-to-back wins at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres in Quebec.

On Saturday, Brabham led all 40 laps en route to his 10th victory of the year, which was good enough to set a new single-season record in Pro Mazda. Then, earlier today, he followed that up with win No. 11, this time by a margin of more than five seconds.

The GP3R sweep has enabled Brabham to clinch the Pro Mazda title with two races left in the campaign (Oct. 5 and 6 at Houston’s Reliant Park, as part of the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston weekend).

“What an awesome year – I could not have predicted a season like this,” said Brabham in a team statement. “I’m so happy for the team and all my supporters…Everyone has worked so hard and it has been perfect.

“I really have to thank Andretti Autosport and also Mazda for the wonderful year. I’m really happy and I’m enjoying the moment.”

The only Pro Mazda weekend this year that hasn’t seen Brabham ascend to the top of the podium was the July 20-21 run at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which had Spencer Pigot and Shelby Blackstock (Brabham’s teammate) each taking their first series victories.

In a sign of how dominant Brabham has been this year in Pro Mazda, that weekend at CTMP snapped what had been a seven-race win streak for him.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold